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Covering photography

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University’s Bird Library, which is right down the street from Light Work, contains an amazing 100,00 printed works and 2,000 archival collections. As part of its Spring 2010 programming, the Center is featuring the exhibition Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence, and Coincidence. The show’s guest curator, Karl Baden (Light Work Artist-in-Residence, 1985), is the founder of the web-based archive Covering Photography. Both the website and the exhibition explore the relationship between the history of photography and book cover design. Comparing the book covers to their “source” images, this relationship ranges in strength from direct appropriation to the possibility of subconscious influence on the designer.

Light Work’s Digital Lab Manager John Mannion worked closely with Baden and the Center to realize the various prints that are staged with the actual books and covers in the show. This project is a great example of the focused, project-specific assistance available through our digital services in Community Darkrooms.

The exhibition runs through April 30, and Karl Baden will host a gallery talk about the project on Tuesday, March 2 at 5pm.

Covering Photography: Imitation, Influence, and Coincidence
January 19-April 30, 2010
Special Collections Research Center
Bird Library, Syracuse University
111 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, New York  13210

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Karl Baden

Every single day, for over twenty years, Karl Baden has created a self-portrait. In Spring 2000, Karl exhibited at Light Work images from this series, and now the entire body of work can be viewed on Karl’s blog, Every Day.

Karl Baden self-portrait grid

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Keith’s work, Suite Niagara, is on view February 1 – 28, 2009, at the Kehler Liddell Gallery.

Kehler Liddell Gallery
873 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 389-9555

Image from Keith Johnson's Suite Niagara

Cynthia Grieg

Cynthia’s work is on view through February 21 in Complicity: Contemporary Photography and the Matter of Sculpture at Rena Bransten Gallery.

Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street (between Kearny and Grant Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-3292